Freedom of information request response - 05368

FOI request

FOI ID number
Electoral Fraud

Please send to me any record of information that relates to the formulation and execution of U.S. Foreign Policy and the administration and operations of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Defence which alleges the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Defence committed electoral fraud at the June 23rd 2016, United Kingdom European Union membership referendum and/or the June 8th 2017, United Kingdom general election.

Our response


Thank you for your request which has been logged under FOI Ref No 05368.  However, please note that we will not be treating this as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, as the Electoral Registration Officer’s role falls outside of the legislation.

The Registration of Electors is governed by the Representation of the People Act 1983 as amended. Under Section 8 of the Act, a council must appoint one of its officers to be the Registration Officer for any constituency or part of a constituency coterminous with or situated within the council's area. Any appointment as Electoral Registration Officer is separate to any other appointment and although appointed by the council, the Electoral Registration Officer's responsibilities and duties are personal. An example of this is that the Register of Electors is deemed to be the property of the Electoral Registration Officer, not the local authority. The Electoral Registration Officer does not carry out the duties on behalf of the local authority but in his own personal capacity.

The Freedom of Information Act does not list any person appointed under the Representation of the People Act 1983. It follows that the Electoral Registration Officer, Returning Officer or any other person appointed under the Act are not subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

We publish information about electoral registration on our website



Response date
12 June 2018